IgA nephropathy is chronic kidney disease. It progresses over 10 to 20 years, and it may lead to end-stage renal disease. It is caused by deposits of the protein immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside the filters (glomeruli) in the kidney. If you have IgA nephropathy, the first thing you want to do is get your phosphorus levels checked. Keeping your phosphorus levels under control can help reduce the loss of kidney function and help slow down the progression of kidney disease.
The study Robert refers to in the video is coming from Clinical Kidney Journal, January 2021. During the research, they observed a group of people with IgA nephropathy for over 3 years and found out that those with higher phosphorus levels had a greater progression rate of kidney disease.
If your kidneys are even partially damaged, they can have a hard time removing phosphorus. With kidney disease, there are multiple areas you need to address, and keeping your phosphorus levels under control with the help of diet and supplements can benefit your kidney health.
The study also observed the calcium levels and found no connection between calcium levels and kidney disease progression. Your greatest takeaway from this video should be to ask your doctor about your phosphorus levels. Be sure to check the bloodwork for any phosphorus imbalances as most individuals with IgA nephropathy fail to address this issue in the earlier stages.
Implementing some effective measures may help control your phosphorus levels and reduce the loss of kidney function.
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